After a recent player only meeting, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett expressed his confidence in the 1-4 Arizona Cardinals simply stating "we're going to turn it around." The solution according to the Pro Bowler? Turning accountability in results:
"When we mess up we say ‘alright, it's my fault.' These next eleven games we can't be having ‘my faults.' It's just that simple."
In what he called "one of the most emotional meetings I've ever been in", Dockett and the other 52 players didn't look ahead to the Steelers; they looked at themselves.
"We [have to] raise our standards up," Dockett said. "It's not about what the media thinks of us, it's not about what the fans think, it's about what these guys in the locker room think and what we've got to do to get ourselves out of this situation."
Dockett also refused to use the learning curve for Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton's new scheme as an excuse for the slow start.
"We need to focus on what [Horton] is trying to teach us because his system works. Our biggest thing is everybody not [executing] it every play."
Lack of execution aside, Dockett knows that if this team is going to start being successful, it needs to block out all the negative media attention.
"When we step on that field, those guys that put their helmets on and those coaches are the only things that matter. Once we start doing it for each other, this team can go a long way."